Two men in Indonesia’s Aceh province have been publicly caned each 77 times after neighbors reported them to the Islamic religious police for having sex.
But it was Hillary Clinton, on her first trip to Indonesia as Secretary of State, who remarked to the American media: “As I travel around the world over the next years, I will be saying to people: ‘If you want to know whether Islam can co-exist with freedom, democracy, modernity, and women’s rights, then you must come to Indonesia.”
ABC News (h/t Martin) Dozens of Muslims witnessed the caning at Banda Aceh’s Tamansari city park. It’s the third time that Aceh, a province in Indonesia that practices Shariah law, has caned people for homosexuality since the Islamic law was implemented in 2015 as a concession made by the government to end a long-running separatist rebellion.
The men, aged 27 and 29, were whipped across the back and winced with pain as a team of five enforcers wearing robes and hoods took turns, relieving one another after every 40 strokes. The men were arrested in November after residents became suspicious and broke into their rented room where they were caught having sex, said Heru Triwijanarko, Aceh’s acting Sharia police chief.
Four other people received 17 strokes for extra-marital relations and 40 strokes for drinking alcohol. Caning is also punishment for adultery, gambling, drinking and for women who wear tight clothes and men who skip Friday prayers.
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THEN THERE’S THIS: Several years ago, three Christian schoolgirls in Indonesia were beheaded by Muslims just for being Christians.
Frontpage Magazine The three girls, Theresia Morangke and Yarni Sambue, both 15, and 17-year-old Alfita Poliwo, had their heads cut off. One of the heads was placed in a bag along on the steps of a church along with a note reading, “We will murder 100 more Christian teenagers and their heads will be presented as presents.”
The Muslim beheader said he and two others killed the girls and took their heads to the group’s headquarters as a “gift” to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The bodies, dressed in school uniform, were left by the roadside near the execution site, but the heads were carried in a backpack.
The one Christian girl (above) who didn’t sufer the fate of her friends, escaped with machete wounds to her face and neck. Noviana, the sole survivor bears a long scar.